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SHIFT Wellness Psycho Educational Program

Event Dates
Freehold, NJ

Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office
132 Jerseyville Ave.
Freehold, NJ

This workshop is for individuals exposed to traumatic material and situations during the course of their work. The course is taught by a law enforcement officer and a mental health professional with experience working with law enforcement professionals to provide a multidisciplinary approach to mental health & wellness. It will offer professionals who may have experienced vicarious trauma and who may interact with offenders (e.g., law enforcement officers, forensic analysts, prosecutors, probation & parole, etc.), the opportunity to learn about the causes and symptoms of negative effects that may occur as a result of their duties and effective mitigation strategies and tools to help them build resilience. Participants will learn about vicarious stress and trauma, the potential psychological impacts from being exposed to traumatic material during the course of an investigation and explore the signs and symptoms of stress reactions. The course will pay particular attention to identifying resiliency skills, and how to incorporate support from others, such as family, colleagues and mental health professionals as a proactive approach to wellness. 

Who should attend?

  • Investigators
  • Forensic analysts
  • Prosecutors
  • Judges
  • Court workers
  • Probation/Parole
  • Advocacy workers
  • Forensic interviewers
  • Community outreach providers
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Chaplains 

Topics covered:

  • Physiological Effects and Symptoms of Chronic Exposure to Traumatic Material
  • Factors that Contribute to Additional Negative Impacts
  • Resiliency and Coping Skills
  • Workplace Strategies
  • Integrating Mental Health Professionals
  • Family, Friends and Spousal Support
  • Mental Health Professionals and Law Enforcement Agents Working Together
  • Self Care Techniques for the Mental Health Professional and Exposed Individual

Date Created: January 19, 2023